A 24-Hour Guide to Las Vegas

You can do a lot in Las Vegas in just one day.

Everyone knows someone who loves Las Vegas, and with so many famous locations from TV and movies, there’s an overwhelming amount of stuff to see and do. We’ve outlined a day in Vegas from sunrise to late night to show you some of the best activities on the Strip, downtown and off the beaten path. Players Choice reigns, so feel free to pick and choose what interests you most and take more time as you see fit rather than rushing off to the next thing on the list. 

The Best of Las Vegas in 24 Hours

Early Morning Exploring - Selfies, Sightseeing, and Shopping

Early risers and active folks, set your alarms early and grab your car keys. Beat the heat during the summer and get a head start on your steps for the day at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, about twenty minutes from the Strip.

Reserve your entry online and drive through along the Scenic Loop to see some of the desert's vivid namesake rock formations and natural beauty. Pick a trail if you want to get out and explore more; Moenkopi Loop and Pine Creek Canyon are good options that are easy to moderate and family and pet-friendly. 

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (©Peregrine Photography)

Head back to the Strip (or wake up for the day) and order weekend brunch at Bouchon. Located in the Venezia Tower at The Venetian Resort, the luxe location epitomizes Vegas excess and stellar service. The menu has a range, with light options like quiche and pastries alongside classic French dishes and heavier lunch options like escargots, “Truffle Croque Madame” and a crab Benedict. Make a reservation for the patio for an amazing alfresco view of the pool, and add on caviar service if you're feeling fancy.

The earlier you head out, the better your experience will be when sightseeing on the Strip. Your selfies and group photos will have fewer tourists in the background and better lighting before the crowds come out. The gondolas at the Venetian canal, Caesar's Palace Garden, the Eiffel Tower and the Bellagio Conservatory are major highlights to hit as you make your way down the Strip. 

Satisfy your inner shopaholic by hitting up The Shops at Crystals, Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino or the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Those with kids or a spirit for adventure should make time for a double-header at M&M's World (for a sugar rush and character photo ops) and the Coca-Cola Store (to share the Taste of the World beverage tray), located right next door. 

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Shops at Crystals (©Ihtesham Ismail)

Afternoon Delights

If you get hungry for lunch or you work up an appetite from all the walking, check out Block 16 Urban Food Hall at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas or venture out to Resorts World Las Vegas for their Famous Foods Street Eats night market-style food court. The former features curated counters from popular restaurants around the country, including David Chang's Bang Bar, Lardo sandwiches and Hattie B's Hot Chicken, while the latter features food stalls and signature dishes from China, Singapore and Japan.

Want something more formal for the adults? Estiatorio Milos has a 3-course lunch special that is one of the best deals in town, with fresh and authentic Greek dishes and seafood.

You might be wiped out from all of the adventures so far; take some time to get in a quick disco nap back in your room because we have a busy night ahead. Rest up, then get in your last few famous sites before heading to dinner: the Bellagio Fountains or a view from the top of the High Roller Observation Wheel at Linq Promenade.

The fountains go off at 30 and 15-minute intervals, depending on your timing, accompanied by music and lights. The pods on the High Roller feature 360-degree views during your half-hour rotation, best timed for sunset or twilight. 

The High Roller Observation Wheel at the LINQ Promenade Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
The High Roller Observation Wheel at the LINQ Promenade (Courtesy Caesars Entertainment)

A Night Out on the Town

Definitely make your dinner reservation early, as soon as you know you're coming to town. Our award-winning selection of world-class restaurants tend to book up fairly quickly—especially those on the Las Vegas Strip. Your favorite celebrity chef likely has a restaurant here, too, whether they're Food Network stars (Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay, Giada de Laurentis and Guy Fieri) or internationally acclaimed like Jose Andres, Wolfgang Puck and Nobu Matsuhisa).

Another steadfast favorite is Golden Steer, a classic old-school staple with marbled steaks, seafood platters and Italian specialties, open since the 1950s and frequented by celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Dean Martin. 

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Bucatini at Giada (Courtesy Caesars Entertainment)

After eating, it's showtime! Cirque du Soleil has five amazing shows on the Strip, with awe-inspiring acrobatics and dancing. “The Beatles LOVE” is a must for fans, with psychedelic visuals and a unique round theater for a truly interactive experience. If you're more musically inclined, check out the many Vegas residency options for live performances from industry legends. 

The addition of T-Mobile Arena and Allegiant Stadium have also increased the number of sports events available, from hockey to football. Another option combines history and visual flair with a visit to The Beatles LOVE, where the bright lights of Vegas go to retire. Best for adults, the curated exhibit is accessed with a guided tour that is part history, part pop culture, with restored signs and stories to accompany them. 

After the entertainment portion of your night, grab a nightcap at an amazing rooftop bar or keep the party going full-tilt at a nightclub. The Legacy Club, perched atop Circa Resort & Casino, has fire pits and a signature cocktail menu for an intimate night. Dance the night away to top-rated DJs and EDM at XS (at XS), XS (at Caesar's Palace) or Zouk (at Resorts World Las Vegas), with incredible light shows and bottle service in visually stunning spaces.

Check schedules ahead of time, as clubs often feature visiting performers or celebrities to add to the entertainment. Be sure to space out your drinks with the occasional H20 on the rocks and use rideshare options to get home safely.

Sgt. Pepper from "The Beatles LOVE" Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Sgt. Pepper from "The Beatles LOVE" (©Matt Beard)